Which article is correct in the following sentence (if any):
Requirements must be defined at the/a start of a project.
If "the" is correct, then could you please explain why? Why do we need an article here at all?
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'The' is necessary and required, because there is only one start of a project, and unique items are preceded by the definite article. You may find websites such as Grammar Monster useful:
The definite article is the word "the." It is used before a noun to define it as something specific (e.g., something previously mentioned or known, something unique, or something being identified by the speaker).